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7 Annoying Words That Should Die A Horrible Death


Time Magazine recently released a list of 15 words that should die in 2012. The list included some rather annoying, trendy words and phrases from 2011—like baby bump, occupy (wait, wasn’t that Time’s word of the year?), bro (as in “bromance” and “bro date”), and sexting.

Those, indeed, are extremely annoying words. But I think I can do better. As an avid book reader, writer, and Twitterererer, I’d like to think I know a few things about words.

So, with a tip of the cap to our friends at Time, I present 7 trendy words or phrases that should die a miserable death in 2012. (Of note, this list is different from the words that make me cringe—which are time-honored words that have been auditory nuisances since they were first spoken).

1) Stoked

Example: “Dude, I’m totally stoked that Limp Bizkit is making a comeback!”

Did I miss something? Are we all living in California, circa 1994? Is that Jason Priestley in primetime? To determine whether or not you should ever use “stoked,” follow these simple guidelines:

  • Do you surf more than three days a week?
  • Do you own a prominently displayed poster of Tony Hawk?
  • Is your name Tony Hawk?
  • Have you ever competed in the X Games (summer or winter)?
  • Are you younger than 16?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s socially acceptable to say “stoked.” If not, then please stop. I only tell you this because I want the best for you.

2) Just sayin’.

Example: “If you think Lolita is a beautiful love story, I think you’re a pervert. Just sayin’.”

Another example: “Your oatmeal smells like stale urine. Just sayin’.”

I don’t know what you’re saying. But I think what you’re saying is that you can say whatever you want, and throw a little “just sayin’” at the end as a verbal disclaimer to let you off the hook.

Here’s a tip: Just say what you are saying without the “just sayin.” We already know you’re saying it…after all, you just said it. Also, read Jon Acuff’s post about “just sayin.”

3) Whatever.

Example: Dad: “Son, you’re 10 years old. I don’t think you’re ready to read A Clockwork Orange.”

Son: “I’ll be 11 in June.”

Dad: “Here, I’ll let you borrow my copy of The Hobbit. You’ll enjoy it.”

Son: “Whatever, dad. Tolkien is so lame.”

You can ask my wife: I interpret most words literally. So, one day, if my son ever gets an attitude with me and throws out the old “whatever” card, I might feel free to take the “whatever” literally–as in:

“Dad, I understand you’re mad at me. Do whatever you choose to remedy this unfortunate situation.” Then, I’ll make him mow the yard until he’s 50 and lock his iPad 12 in the attic.

4) Seriously?

Example: “You think Lolita is a beautiful love story. Seriously?”

Yeah, I’m guilty of this one—not for thinking Lolita is a beautiful love story, but for saying “seriously?” way too often. Do a search for “seriously” on this blog, and I’m sure it will come up. “Seriously” is basically a more confrontational version of “just sayin.’” Another example: “You think that moustache actually looks good on you? Seriously?”

The inquisitive version of “seriously” is now cliché. Seriously.

5) Epic

Example: “Did you see Jersey Shore last night? It was epic.”

The Lord of the Rings is epic. The universe is epic. The fact that you secured one of 20,000 tickets to the Justin Beiber concert is not epic. Not epic at all.

In fact, since Justin Bieber is touring the country to visit dozens of arenas—each with thousands in attendance—it’s pretty ordinary. Now, a Justin Bieber concert on Venus? That would be epic.

6) It is what it is.

Example: “That bookstore smells like old feet. I guess it is what it is.”

It is what it is. No freaking kidding. This is like saying “A table is a table.” What a unique perspective! Or “101 Books is 101 Books.” Surely you jest! Athletes are notorious for saying this. Either they are modern day Socrates, or they have no idea what they are saying. I’m guessing it’s the latter.

Unless you’re a Buddhist monk referring to the essence of the cosmos, “it is what it is” just sounds stupid.

7) Awesome Sauce.

Example: The guitar riff in that new Coldplay song is total awesome sauce.

I can’t explain why, but when I hear the phrase “awesome sauce,” I want to inflict physical pain to the mouth area of the person who utters it. Just writing the words “awesome sauce” makes me want to throw this keyboard through a window.

No, I don’t have anger issues. Shut up! Leave me alone!

That’s all. But am I the only one that finds these 7 words/phrases beyond annoying?

Would you add any to this list?

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  1. #

    GREAT list, and as I read, Coldplay is on tv doing that awesome sauce thing (I’ve never heard that phrase before, so thanks?)

    I HATE the use of “douche”–as in, “He’s such a douche,” “I don’t mean to be a douche,” “Stop acting like a douche.”


    March 2, 2012
  2. Mignon #

    I agree with Gayle, great list – and I too am unfamiliar with “awesome sauce”. However, as annoying as it is, seriously, I don’t think I can give up seriously.

    March 2, 2012
    • #

      Seriously? Don’t be such a douche.

      March 2, 2012
      • BuddyO #

        But “douche-bag” is a fun word when used inappropriately. Almost as fun as “ass-hat” or shit-bird.” Try this–“That douche-bag is such a shit-bird!! Seriously! What an epic ass-hat!”
        Now, wasn’t that fun?

        March 2, 2012
        • Carey #

          I am rolling with laughter right now!

          July 18, 2012
          • LOL :-) me too!!!

            August 30, 2013
      • you said its a great list, and you said ‘seriously’.. o.o

        May 1, 2014
    • “Awesome sauce” might be fairly new to the annoying party. Watch out for it.

      March 2, 2012
  3. I’m in and agree GREAT LIST. Really? Yes, that is correct. It is a great list. Really? Yes, really it is a great list.

    “Really” needs to die a horrible death really quickly.

    March 2, 2012
    • Bye1960 #

      was thinking the exact same!

      December 18, 2012
  4. Denise Perry #

    I never heard of awesome sauce either. I am too old to keep up with the latest lingo, seriously!

    March 2, 2012
  5. It is what it is – is by far the worst. I despise it and cringe whenever anyone says it. There are others that come up in meetings all the time, but that one just makes me shudder.

    March 2, 2012
    • I always want to say, “Okay, then…what is it?”

      March 2, 2012
      • I will have to try that at some point!

        March 2, 2012
      • Any “reality tv show” jargon makes me wince… and I hear it ALL the time in meetings now. “At the end of the day, it is what it is. It’s anyone’s game and if you don’t go big then go home because when push comes to shove, you’re not going to throw me under the bus!”

        I think I just lost my lunch.

        September 5, 2012
    • It’s kind of like educated people’s response to, “Have a good one.”

      I’ve encountered multiple people who watch that person walk away and go, “Have a good what?”

      March 2, 2012
  6. The previous comments were as much fun as your post, Robert. Without all those annoyingly awesome “words”, how are we to make judgements about people at cocktail parties? And that begets the question, does anyone still have cocktail parties?

    March 2, 2012
    • #

      HAAHAHAHAH!!!!! Cocktail parties….I think not. I say bring back the Key Party.

      March 2, 2012
  7. Love your words list here. I could put people and faces to each of these phrases as I read. It’s true that they can be really annoying, especially when they become word fillers for lack of thought.

    I will say though, I have never heard or read anyone say “awesome sauce.” Just sayin’.

    Love your voice as a writer. Very refreshing.

    March 2, 2012
    • Thanks Hillary!

      March 2, 2012
  8. I actually like the mixing of word usage. For example, the use of “awesome sauce” as a descriptor might make you wretch, but its clear what the author/speaker meant AND gives you the color of their personality. I also think creative word usage makes the world a more emotive and beautiful place. Conversations (and the written word) would be accountant-like dull without “rad” and”fergilicious”.

    And how about the linguistic changes twitter/texting have brought to the party? Interesting piece on NPR yesterday on the subject ( I love it all…with one exception.

    “at the end of the day”…its just limp and thoughtless

    March 2, 2012
    • At one point, these words might be classified as creative word usage and maybe cute. But, now, they’ve just become cliche and overused. Which makes them dull and therefore annoying!

      March 2, 2012
      • Whaaateeeeevs!

        March 2, 2012
  9. When a girl says “whatever”, I remove her from my list of potential dates. No exceptions.

    March 2, 2012
  10. When somebody asks me “seriously?”, I reply “no” with a very serious face.

    March 2, 2012
    • me too…

      May 19, 2014
  11. I agree with you on “Just Sayin'” People who use that term think it’s cute, but it’s not. At all.

    And I am guilty of saying, “Seriously?” though I am making a conscious effort to stop so I don’t turn into one of those “just sayin'” type of of people.

    But “awesome sauce?” I know trends tend to hit Mississippi last, but I really hope this one doesn’t make its way down here. I don’t think I could keep a straight face if I heard someone use that phrase.

    What about “like?” People, like, use that term, like, way too much. Don’t you think?

    March 2, 2012
    • #

      My friend thinks “awesome sauce” sounds dirty. Wait, is it???? I still don’t know what it means.

      March 2, 2012
  12. Eddie B #

    A little worked up aren’t you? Just sayin’

    March 2, 2012
  13. Jeff #

    I am still cringing from reading the word Bro at the beginning. It is so offensive to me that I had difficulty focusing on the rest of the blog. But as for “Awesome Sauce” wasn’t that your nickname in high school Robert?

    March 2, 2012
    • Blair #

      Jeff, Jeff, got it all wrong. Robert’s nickname in high school was “Fresh Pretzels.”

      Let’s outst the word moobs from the English language! Even though it does make me laugh…

      March 2, 2012
      • Fresh Pretzel is my rapper name.

        March 2, 2012
        • His name is Fresh Pretzel
          He’s the boss
          Just don’t dip him in
          Awesome Sauce

          April 8, 2013
  14. This is a fantastic list! So funny. I would have to add the phrase: “That awkward moment . . .” I am so tired of seeing it on Facebook.

    March 2, 2012
    • Agreed. It was funny the first 50 times.

      March 2, 2012
    • WC #

      Exactly! One of my friends includes that in her status update every time she wants to post some useless information.

      May 25, 2012
  15. Great list. I’m not guilty of any of these, but I know one day I’ll look back and cringe to see how often I typed “crushed it” or “psyched.”

    Side note – one of the most popular sayings where I lived in Macedonia was “Тоа е тоа” which means – you guessed it – “it is what it is.” A great response to all comments on illness, deaths in the family, troubles at work, the weather, running out of coffee, etc. Especially useful for an American speaking a first-grade level of Macedonian.

    March 2, 2012
    • I guess it’s today’s version of “So it goes…” from Slaughterhouse Five.

      March 2, 2012
  16. Like many others, I’d never heard of ‘awesome sauce’. It instantly annoyed me. God, now I’m never NOT going to notice it.

    You’re right, though, in that there’s nothing wrong with linguistic innovation, but these phrases are no longer innovative. Their creativity is long gone and forgotten and they are being perpetuated by linguistic laziness, not innovation.

    If you want innovation, look to college-aged women:

    That’s why I hate that ‘think out of the box’ has become a cliche.

    I also hate ‘step up to the plate’. I say enough!

    March 2, 2012
  17. Ha I’m guilty on Seriously and It is what it is. And there’s another one I use that I hate but it just slipped my mind. I haven’t seen the Awesome Sauce thing. I don’t know that I’d get rid of some of the words on the original list– baby bump was way before 2011 and is actually the perfect description of early prego belly. Food baby though needs to stop. Also sexting. You can get rid of sexting when people stop having sex by text. That’s like telling me you’re going to abolish phone sex. Although with technology where it is, I’m sure the next sexual term will be something webcam related. I actually think we’re a bit behind there. Maybe we should coin the term right here on 101 Books and be ahead of the game?
    Awkward is very overused these days too. We’ve moved past That’s what she said right?

    Either way, there’s not much we can do about it. It is what it is. :P

    March 2, 2012
    • snakey #

      Prego is spaghetti sauce. Preggers is even worse. I think those are even more annoying than baby bump.

      October 5, 2012
  18. This isn’t a word, more like three words stuck together, but I HATE “kthxby.” It sounds SO unbelievably obnoxious and makes the person speaking sound like they’re five.

    To anyone who says this, you sound like an idiot. Please stop.

    March 2, 2012
  19. Stoked is a very old term going back more than a hundred years. It derives from the concept of stoking a fire, jostling the coals or logs to allow the fire to breath and therefore to grown in intensity. Metaphorically, the term was applied to individuals who were revved up for action. Many decades later the term was used by the surfing crowd to indicate an intense feeling of excitement and well-being. This application of the word “stoked” was consistent with its etymology and early uses.

    The problem is not the words themselves, but the way they are used (or misused). We can go to any era and uncover objectionable terminology, usually slang, most of which was short-lived. But isn’t this the way that language is extended? Today’s LOLs may disappear but will ebook or weblog? (probably)

    Stop and think of all the words that are commonly used that didn’t exist in their present form until the advent of computers.

    March 2, 2012
    • I’m so glad you defended one of my favorite words. People think I use it because of my last name or because I started surfing in Southern California when I was 5… but I actually use it because I love the meaning it has.

      I can’t imagine living life without being stoked.

      Great list, Robert! (with this one exception, of course)

      June 3, 2012
      • Well, Luke, I think having the word as your last name excludes you from my list of rules. I mean, it’s your last name…use it all you want!

        June 4, 2012
  20. Oh, I also hate people saying, “You WOULD do that.” I always reply, “I DID do that.”

    March 2, 2012
    • Do you mean when talking about the past? As in “I would go to my grandmother’s house every weekend” as opposed to “I went to my grandmother’s house every weekend”? Those are actually two different (and both valid) grammatical constructions. But maybe you mean a different context.

      March 2, 2012
      • I mean if I say “I tried on twenty pairs of shoes at the mall yesterday but didn’t buy any,” and my friend replies, “You WOULD do that.” It seems unnecessary because of course I WOULD do that, I DID do that.

        That’s what I meant.

        March 2, 2012
        • I’m not sure I agree here. Of course, the phrasing and the emphasis on the word “would” has a mildly negative connotation but the phrase still is a variation on “That’s something you would do.” The key to this is that it suggests a continuation, an habitual activity. Contrast it with the opposite: Wow! You never try on shoes like that!” Since it is evidently not the first time you did anything like this, the phrase is indicative of your past activities and not the single activity which is being announced. Therefore, it is valid (even if a little snarky).

          March 2, 2012
        • Johz #


          June 2, 2012
          • Johz #

            Sorry, thay was meant for the guy after you :)

            June 2, 2012
  21. Lauren #

    Working at a college, I hear “awesome sauce” all the time. I once tried to say it (you know, to join in the new-phrase-fun), but I couldn’t get past “awesome.” I agree that this phrase has to go. I think a fourteen-year-old must have come up with it. In the words of Pete from O Brother, Where Art Thou?, “that don’t make no sense!”

    March 2, 2012
    • Glad someone could confirm that “awesome sauce” is actually used. I thought I was going crazy.

      March 2, 2012
  22. “Whatever” has been on the tongues of children for generations, and I know I used it because I KNEW how much it annoyed my parents. Now I can’t stand it and I am so glad my kids haven’t picked up on it, yet. It is also changing into “whatevs” in more recent generations, which is even worse.

    Now, as much as the OVERUSE of “seriously?” annoys me, I think it’s important in the age of social media not to discount it entirely. How many times have you seen someone say something on Twitter, and you’re not really sure of their tone of voice or attitude, and you think, “Is this person serious?” I’ve been there, and with only 140 characters to respond, sometimes “Seriously?” is all that will fit. Hahaha!

    March 2, 2012
  23. Maryalice #

    Brilliant post. Absolutely brilliant.

    March 2, 2012
  24. Fabulous post! Understood 100%! I’ve been heckled by many for refusing to use trendy words and seen my vast vocabulary as contemptible, a superior attitude which is never my intent. Thank you for sharing and supporting what I consider a vital topic to the advancement of better communication in our community.

    March 2, 2012
  25. When I hear someone say “bro,” I immediately think of Seinfeld with the bro aka bra for men. Love this list!

    March 2, 2012
    • The “Bro!” Yes! I love Seinfeld.

      March 2, 2012
  26. Editor2.0 #

    Can we throw ‘literally’ in there? At some point it became necessary to include ‘literally’ when trying to describe anything that actually happened as a way to make it more interesting to the listener. I ‘literally’ just wrote this sentence. “She ‘literally’ ate the whole thing.” Ugh. The best is when they combine ‘like’ and ‘literally.’ “I was like, ‘literally’ upset and stuff.”

    March 2, 2012
    • Shem the Penman #

      My beef with ‘literally’ is the way it no longer means ‘literally.’ I always assumed when someone said ‘literally,’ it was so you wouldn’t consider their statement hyperbolic. Thus, “I literally ate the whole cheesecake” means exactly what it says.

      This useful distinction disappeared when someone told me “I literally froze to death at the bus stop.” I’ve heard a football commentator mention that “this quarteback literally carried the team on his back the whole game.”

      So how do we make the distinction now, if we can’t even take ‘literally’ literally?

      March 9, 2012
    • yes yes i agree !! i hate it when like is combined with everything except where its supposed to be used. ‘some people like talk like this.. like all the really..!!’ ‘like whatever’.. and so on. I dont like it. The useful distinction as you correctly put it is gone! soorry to agree with you umm a year later almost.. just found it.

      April 15, 2013
  27. A lot of these are words that are misused rather than words that are necessarily bad – except from ‘awesome sauce’.
    I’ve never heard it myself, but I can’t imagine anyone other than cartoon characters saying it.
    ‘It’s all gravy’ is one that annoys me.

    ‘It is what it is’ to me works in the right context – if it’s an athlete after a defeat or disappointment being philosophical, for instance.

    March 3, 2012
  28. I seriously am stoked about your epic list of words. This list is what it is, which is awesome sauce. Just sayin. You don’t agree with me? Whatever.


    March 3, 2012
  29. Can we PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get rid of “At the end of the day”?

    March 5, 2012
  30. The short list that makes me cringe:



    “True story”

    March 6, 2012
  31. I’m super stocked I got to read this post, just saying. To get this may comments using your words that need to die a horrible death is, well, it is what it is. I can’t believe people are still using these phrases. I mean, Seriously?!? This list is EPIC! Thanks for the post!!! Pure awesome sauce!

    March 9, 2012
    • Bonus points to Jules! Well done.

      March 9, 2012
  32. Angela #

    Maybe there’s a little comfort in the fact that some of these words/phrases will eventually die but less comforting to know they will be replaced with new equally annoying ones. One from the past that I don’t miss is when people didn’t like something so they said, unn.

    March 9, 2012
  33. What about lame sauce? Or awk(ward) sauce? People will throw ‘sauce’ on pretty much any old word these days. Like they’re a sauce boss or something! Hahaha

    April 11, 2012
  34. Where has this post been all my life?

    ‘Shoulda’ must be immediately relegated to its much deserved syntactic hell. As Margaret Atwood said,”‘Should’ is a futile word, its about something that didn’t happen…” Its bastardized sibling ‘shoulda’ has to go. Nothing good ever follows the words, “You shoulda….”

    April 14, 2012
  35. Some of these expressions haven’t made it over here, yet. But we have an equally annoying one: “to be honest”, used to start a sentence. So everything else you said is a lie?

    April 23, 2012
  36. Off point … but still somehow related … a word I really like. “Sniggle.” Aside from sounding funny, it is practically useless, which makes it even better. Definition? “To fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their hiding places.”

    May 11, 2012
  37. You have definitely made me rethink my words that come out of my mouth every day…along with the annoyance you refer to, “awesome sauce” makes me want to throw up, kick someone and die all at the same time when I hear that. WHO THOUGHT THAT UP?! Please, if you say that (anyone that reads this comment) PLEASE STOP for your own good and for the sanity of your fellow human beings.

    Shelby Lynn

    May 19, 2012
  38. I love this post. I’m guilty of seriously, and find whatever interesting because this particular usage was invented for the film Clueless, but the other five points make me want to jump out of my skin every time I hear them. Thanks for the suitably acerbic commentary.

    May 24, 2012
  39. “It is what it is” is a personal pet peeve of mine. I have never, ever, ever uttered these words in this particular order. And I literally (and I do mean literally) turn red when other people say it, because I want to scream, “Of course it is what it is – because IT IS what IT IS! ARGH!!!!” Okay, rant over.

    And now, I shall implicate myself: I love “whatever” and “dude,” and I use them with abandon. Apparently I was a surfer in a past life.

    May 25, 2012
    • “It is what it is,” despite being overused and terribly clichéd, is being interpreted out of context. The context is when the conversation is with a person who hopes or wishes or otherwise deludes themselves into considering that maybe it isn’t what it seems to be … the response, “it is what it is” is a call for the other party to face the facts, grow up, wake up and smell the coffee … it is not a tautology as you suggest.

      May 25, 2012
  40. I can’t believe that no one knows “awesome sauce.” That means that none of you are Parks and Recreation watchers, which must be remedied immediately!

    The character who used the expression, Andy, is kind of a big dumb Golden Retriever of a guy (a total “bro”). He’s lovable but not someone whose syntactic choices we want to be emulating.

    May 26, 2012
  41. Christy #

    I also hate the phrase … “No offense but …”

    This is right before someone says something really offensive as if saying “no offense” makes it ok!

    Loved your article! Was totally stoked to read!

    May 30, 2012
    • Christy, I agree with you. That and “I don’t want/mean to hurt your feelings, but ….” You know the following statements are going to offend someone (or hurt their feelings). Why say it at all?

      June 20, 2013
      • Dani #

        Sometimes you have to be honest…brutally honest with a person, and you know what you have to say might hurt their feelings, even though offending that person isn’t your objective.

        For example, this conversation occurred between a couple of my teenage students, one of whom is a terrible gossip:

        Ann: Terri, please tell me who Tony is dating! He said he would tell me.
        Terri: Why would he tell you? No offense, but you talk too much. He said he doesn’t want a lot of people to know.

        November 5, 2013
  42. Great list!
    I’d have to add “literally” though, a word which is used far too often and rarely used correctly.
    “It was so funny, I literally died!” Well, you didn’t, did you? Otherwise we wouldn’t be having this conversation…

    June 14, 2012
    • That’s a great one! I included it in my second list I wrote a few weeks ago.

      June 14, 2012
      • Haha fantastic! I like the second list just as much as the first.

        June 14, 2012
    • I was literally thinking the same thing.

      August 13, 2012
  43. Reblogged this on pujidotorg.

    June 29, 2012
  44. JustSarah #

    “So” needs to go away when it’s used at the end of a sentence with the speaker just trailing off as if we’re supposed to just fill in the blank: “Yeah, my brother just got out of prison and needs a place to stay, so. . .” So what??
    “I feel” used in place of “I think.” If you’re offering an opinion, you’re thinking. Say “I think that hat looks ridiculous on you,” NOT “I feel like that hat looks ridiculous on you.”
    The use of the word “gay” when it’s not referring to sexual orientation or happiness. “This test is so gay.” Huh? It just doesn’t make sense.

    July 9, 2012
  45. “just sayin'” annoys the ever-loving bejesus out of me. just sayin’

    July 18, 2012
  46. I was going to say “just sayin'” on your post of disgusting words. Then I realized it’s not a word, it’s a phrase :) I can’t handle people saying or typing it – I tend to encounter this online more than in real life. I just imagine the most smug facial expression… ughhh…. the worst is “just sayin” combined with a waving emoticon. Kill me now.

    August 3, 2012
    • “Just saying” and “Some say” are standard phrases encouraged on Fox News. From the context you can see just how empty and meaningless those phrases really are and they pass on their lack of substance to everything else said in the context. These are good ones to avoid unless you are trying to slip a lie past an unsuspecting listener.

      August 4, 2012
  47. haha, oh “awesome sauce!”

    This list makes me want to come up with one sentence, using all these words. Something to annoy the hell out of you!

    Just sayin’

    August 13, 2012
  48. What a hoot! I hope that’s not on the death list! Enjoyed these…although have never heard “awesome sauce”, which honestly sounds nuts. What does that even mean? Unless you’re referring to a to-die-for Chinese dish or some awesome barbecue!

    I’m guilty of using “Seriously” too…way too much! But it’s comforting somehow :P

    Great post!

    September 17, 2012
  49. DosGoat #

    I am so glad that epic and awesome made the list….

    October 2, 2012
  50. Kate #

    I have never heard the word wonky used so much until Ryan became the v.p. nomination. I can’t stand it!

    October 10, 2012
  51. kaaylo #

    add “obnoxious” to that list…i hate that fuckin word…

    October 17, 2012
  52. awesome !! list of words seriously its fantastic and yeah should die a horrible death for our contin’ual use of them. ;) lol

    October 24, 2012
  53. I am subscribed to a lot of makeup gurus on Youtube. And I bet ‘Just saying’ is the most used phrase after “Let’s begin” and “Let’s get started”. It tops my list of annoying phrases.

    November 24, 2012
  54. Oatmeal smells like stale urine..what a riot! Guilty of using ‘seriously’ ..yep.Agree on ‘it is what it’ doesn’t make a lick of sense most times.This post is epic,just sayin! *cringe* :D Enjoyed this very much.. :)

    December 6, 2012
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    January 13, 2013
  56. Penny #

    “Whatever, just sayin” seriously? The words that have been said in 2012 are annoying words “for sure” but “ur” crazy to let these annoying words go..if they go, then other words may return to the shelf as a staple “fix” …like “aint” and “f…” And “sh..” Well…”Sh..” Is o.k. “Anyways” “whatever dude” …LOL. You know what I’m sayin?

    January 15, 2013
  57. I feel the same rage whenever I heard “It is what it is.” Really? Who would’ve known!

    January 26, 2013
  58. Also, “true, dat!” or how about “You go, girl!” Where is she supposed to go?

    February 8, 2013
  59. Serenity #

    Reblogged this on Serenity's Musings and commented:
    Add your thoughts here… (opTime Magazine recently released a list of 15 words that should die in 2012. The list included some rather annoying, trendy words and phrases from 2011—like baby bump, occupy (wait, wasn’t that Time’s word of the year?), bro (as in “bromance” and “bro date”), and sexting.tional)

    February 14, 2013
  60. This list is so good. Real good. I have it bookmarked.

    February 14, 2013
  61. I’m guilty of so many of these! Seriously. Just sayin’ (although I more often say ‘thought I’d share’ – but that’s more for random statements that just spill out of my mouth). And I just started saying ‘awesome sauce’ – I have no idea why, but it’s what has popped into my head – for shame.

    The one I REALLY hate though is “That’s what she said!” – oh, come ON.

    February 14, 2013
  62. unkle #

    O.K. here are two that I am done with :
    ” I had went ”
    ” At the moment ”
    If you watch Judge Judy you can see her squirm while she bites her lip !
    ”I had went to my friend’s crib because at the moment I didn’t have a job .”
    Barf !

    February 26, 2013
  63. Hate it when I’m called dude by friends and acquaintances especially while texting. Never do they use the word while talking face to face so why the sudden use while messaging? Bro is preferable – makes our conversation seem important!

    My dad uses stock phrases that are beyond annoying at times. His favourite one is ‘ old habits die hard’ and he frequently adds ‘basically’ before starting most of his sentences. There’s an interminably dull and monotonous sir in college who cannot resist using ‘in that case’ and interjecting ‘isn’t it?’ at unnecessary places. I use the word ‘it’s like’ quite often but not as frequently as my friend!

    March 11, 2013
  64. Elli Rose #

    “Nuff said”
    Please exterminate anyone who feels the need to write this.

    April 2, 2013
  65. Reblogged this on It's A Wonderful Life.

    April 2, 2013
  66. Precious #

    Im guilty of saying’whatever’ but after looking at those words… Im gonna stop saying it. Thanks

    April 21, 2013
  67. Precious #

    Im guilty of saying’whatever’ but after looking at those words(annoying words) … Im gonna stop saying it. Thanks

    April 21, 2013
  68. Exceptional list!! If we were living in the Middle Ages, we might blog the same thing about Thee, Doth and Betwixt though they are kind of fun to say… “Sup” IS my all time least liked word at the moment, if it can fall into that category because it probably is technically a sentence (if you’re a Morlock). Coming from Australia which is the Land of Abbreviation, I get it. But unless you live in ‘tha hood’ it just sounds wrong. Even words have stereotypes. “Bouyah” a close second. Again, a form of communication best kept in the ranks of the military where even then it sounds a little primal. “Segue” isn’t such a bad word in itself… just how much it rose to the top of the pile of words everyone felt the need to include in any sentence they spoke just so they could say it, well, wore out its welcome quickly for me.

    April 21, 2013
  69. I am guilty of saying ‘seriously’ alot, specially when people say silly stuff like “this t shirt is epic” but what really annoys me is when people talk in text. You tell a joke and someone says “lol” when they could just laugh… seriously?

    April 22, 2013
  70. mmcline #

    How about ‘My bad’. That one needs to go away too.

    May 9, 2013
  71. I laughed so much at this. :) I was searching random stuff on google , and I saw a post that started with “So, i was walking to the shops when I bumped my head off a pole” I hate when people start a sentence with “so” ! It’s so annoying. (<I used so correctly hehe :) I just hate when people start with the word "so" "So I was talking with my sister yesterday, and she said,.." etc! I don't mind as much if people write "So, just to recap.. So as time went on" that's fine but to stick it on the beginning of a sentence as you begin a topic of conversation, it is really annoying. Also I hate the word "irregardless" This word makes no sense to me at all. It's simply "regardless" plain and simple. Putting "irr" in front of it make no use of the "less" at the end. You are simply making the world uselessly longer. So, i was reading this post and found it funny irregardless " grrrrrr :)

    June 1, 2013
  72. Morticia #


    June 10, 2013
  73. This list had me laughing hysterically. It’s so true! Though I have to confess I say ‘Awesome Sauce’ on occasion (please don’t slap me!), I cringe every time I hear someone say ‘Epic.’ It’s so over used. The Odyssey is Epic. The latest episode of The Vampire Diaries isn’t. It’s gotten so out of hand, I wish the word would disappear entirely. Good job!

    July 6, 2013
  74. I actually found this by searching for “horrible phrase ‘it is what it is’,” because I hate it so much and wanted to know if anyone else felt the same. Glad to see I’m not alone. :P

    October 12, 2013
  75. waterkat #

    Thanks for the post. It’s tots amazeballs

    October 21, 2013
  76. “Absolutely.”

    Ya mean “yes?”

    October 25, 2013
  77. You really make it seem really easy with your presentation however I
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    November 7, 2013
  78. Good list and great post! I have to admit… I’m guilty of #2…but I won’t say it here, okay ? :)

    December 16, 2013
  79. Robert, your blog and all these wonderful responses are like totally AMEEZING! So glad I found it while looking for when “awesome” (sans “sauce”) became so popular. In addition to these crazy irritating words, another very annoying area of our communication habits is the way we inflect our sentences? It think it’s called upspeak? A large percentage of sentences are ended with an upward inflection? Sort of like asking a question as we end the sentence? Probably to impart awesome significance to the profound words we’ve just uttered? Arrrrrrghhhhh!!!!!!

    December 24, 2013
  80. Awsome sauce to me is absolute evil. im not kidding. its one of those words I have heard in commercials, don’t know where it came from, but its just as bad as anything evil you can imagine. horrible butchering of the English language.

    January 16, 2014
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  82. You’re not the only one.Such a good post is naturally followed by so many comments. I found it very funny. I’m sixty plus so I thought I was being unstylish to dislike these words, but you got it just right. Wonderful….

    March 10, 2014
  83. Reblogged this on 3freewordsaday and commented:
    I have to agree…usage-wise.

    April 11, 2014
  84. joebob #

    “A Justin Bieber concert on Venus would be epic” *lol* I don’t know why, but the thought of that just cracked me up.

    April 18, 2014
  85. This was an awesome post! Definitely brought a smile to my face and I agree these words need to be on the, “Annoying Words” list. In my advanced media writing class last semester, we talked for the majority of one class period about the word “seriously” and how easily it can be misinterpreted

    May 5, 2014
  86. KVT #

    “that being said..”

    “we don’t know what we don’t know”

    “awesome sauce” is the worst!! make it stop!

    May 6, 2014
  87. torgo torgenson #

    there is nothing wrong with “it is what it is”. it’s the equivalent of “que sera, sera”, or “c’est la vie”. I first heard it on the sopranos.

    May 22, 2014
  88. Dat Iz totally awesome sause and umm… Seriously… um. LOL and ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm hi

    June 3, 2014
  89. Vergil #

    Most over-used word of the decade: IMPACT.

    Most annoying non-word of the decade: GO-TO.

    June 5, 2014
  90. Asshats #

    Someone I work with (geeky kid, really) legitimately just said “awesome sauce” to me after I acknowledged I would be fixing a problem momentarily and immediately after he said it every part of my body cringed with disgust. I too concur that phrase should be destroyed and any person who uttered it should be ashamed of themselves.

    June 27, 2014
  91. Great post even if I am guilty of “Seriously” on an epic level;)!

    July 18, 2014

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